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Phoenix will no longer be Phoenix if Waymo’s driverless-car experiment succeeds

Phoenix will no longer be Phoenix if Waymo’s driverless-car experiment succeeds

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  • Innovation in infrastructure is the most transformative deployment of capital. President Eisenhower's creation of the interstate highway system created the America we live in today. If cities invest in autonomous vehicles, or structures that support them, we can change the face of this country again.

  • Human drivers kill 30,000 Americans each year and injure over 2 million. Additionally, US drivers waste 60 billion hours a year driving a car. Autonomous vehicles will have a massive positive effect on our lives.

  • Great article. Showed how a seemingly small change might disrupt a whole industry and way of life. A transport system run by software is likely to be safer and more reliable. Traffic can be more efficiently controlled, the issue of drunk driving goes away and vehicles, like alluded in the article, may

    Great article. Showed how a seemingly small change might disrupt a whole industry and way of life. A transport system run by software is likely to be safer and more reliable. Traffic can be more efficiently controlled, the issue of drunk driving goes away and vehicles, like alluded in the article, may become more experiential. Interesting to see how this develops.

  • While, most cities have the same sort of problem this is not the solution in most cases. The automated car having been in the news quite frequently lately with problems is not up to par yet. The thing is, the software they're using to control the cars is still susceptible to problems. Honestly, without

    While, most cities have the same sort of problem this is not the solution in most cases. The automated car having been in the news quite frequently lately with problems is not up to par yet. The thing is, the software they're using to control the cars is still susceptible to problems. Honestly, without having an AI on board that can actually think and respond as quick as human does you'll never get the safety or reliability out of these vehicles that they need. I understand that they are looking for places to test there Automobiles and I hope the test goes well. But, if past presidents as any sign then we need to be watching the news.

  • As autonomous-vehicle companies continue testing and lobbying, we will find ourselves redesigning society to accommodate them in ways that go far beyond safety. What will then become of the rich ecosystem of infrastructure, services, retail, and cultural experience that has grown up around automobiles

    As autonomous-vehicle companies continue testing and lobbying, we will find ourselves redesigning society to accommodate them in ways that go far beyond safety. What will then become of the rich ecosystem of infrastructure, services, retail, and cultural experience that has grown up around automobiles? Look to Phoenix for some clues...

  • Fascinating read on the disruptive effects of autonomous vehicles within the context of urban planning, urban growth, and the future development of American cities.

    “As autonomous-vehicle companies continue testing and lobbying, we will find ourselves redesigning society to accommodate that technology

    Fascinating read on the disruptive effects of autonomous vehicles within the context of urban planning, urban growth, and the future development of American cities.

    “As autonomous-vehicle companies continue testing and lobbying, we will find ourselves redesigning society to accommodate that technology in ways that go far beyond safety. Autonomous vehicles won’t merely eliminate the need to hold a steering wheel. They will enable entirely new modes of transportation and vehicle management that could accelerate the decline in private car ownership. What will then become of the rich ecosystem of infrastructure, services, retail, and cultural experience that has grown up around automobiles? What happens to Phoenix and hundreds of similar cities when we reinvent the car?”

  • Imagine every city that has car ownership no longer requires this. Will cities change? Yes and no. The suburbs may become more attractive if self-driving cars can pick up and drop us off whenever and wherever we want. Further, people may intentionally live further away from the city with a 45 minute

    Imagine every city that has car ownership no longer requires this. Will cities change? Yes and no. The suburbs may become more attractive if self-driving cars can pick up and drop us off whenever and wherever we want. Further, people may intentionally live further away from the city with a 45 minute or 60 minute commute, especially when they don’t have to really drive their electric car. It will be an exciting future, and one where more access exists to travel and live a life less-bounded by cities.